Reality Check

How do we interpret events?  When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!”  Acts 14:11-12 Core beliefs overrode reality. Paul had preached Christ, but since he did a miracle he must be a god. Paul and Barnabas ran out among the people, … Continue reading Reality Check

Response to wickedness

There are people who seem to spread a spiritual death wherever they go and whatever their intentions. These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.  They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen, Psalm 58:3-4 These people are likened to … Continue reading Response to wickedness

Whom do we receive?

To whom can we show Jesus’ kindness? Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees … complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-2 Our society seems caught in a trap of polarised views. Each side has its legalistic lines … Continue reading Whom do we receive?

Feeling useless?

These Covid months ask much of us, it is tough interacting online and being held from our loved ones. How does Jesus look at those who ask for strength? Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. Isaiah 42:1 Jesus looks with pleasure on us who feel so … Continue reading Feeling useless?

Overcome shame

We think of shame as something bad that Jesus would never have experienced, yet, … For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 You don’t scorn something you don’t experience. Jesus was nailed naked to a … Continue reading Overcome shame